If you have incurred a substantial amount of unsecured debt related to credit cards and medical bills, Chapter 13 bankruptcy might be a perfect solution for you. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is only available to you so long as you are petitioning as an individual, or operate a self-employed, unincorporated business. Additionally, in order to qualify, your unsecured debts must not exceed $383,175 and your secured debts, such as home mortgages and automobile loans, must be less than $1,149,525.
California has consistently been at the top of the list for states with the highest number of bankruptcies in the country. It was number one in 2011 reporting over 240,000 bankruptcies, according to Debt.org. For the millions of Individuals who face financial problems, there may be an opportunity to avoid bankruptcy.